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Bengals Bytes (4/3): How the Cordy Glenn trade happened

It’s very rare for an NFL team to trade away its franchise left tackle. Buffalo decided to make that tough call, and the Bengals are hoping to benefit from it in the short and long term.

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How the Cordy Glenn trade to the Bengals happened
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Alrighty then.